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50 years of ‘Days of our Lives’

Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.

I’ve heard that phrase spoken hundreds and hundreds over the course of my life, and — I sometimes joke — even before I was born.

“Days of our Lives” — NBC’s longest-running drama — is celebrating 50 years, having first welcomed Salem and the Horton family into the lives of American television viewers on Nov. 8, 1965.

Since then, “Days” has made a lasting impact on millions of viewers over several generations.

My love for the fictional drama began early in my life, and I do sometimes joke that I’ve been watching the show since I was in my mother’s womb. As a child, I remember watching explosions in far off lands as Bo and Hope traveled the world, the “Cruise of Deception” and Marlena’s demonic ways.

Using a VCR (remember those?), I recorded “Days” every afternoon on Pittsburgh’s WPXI Channel 11 and enjoyed sick days, holidays and summer breaks so I could watch without recording.

For an hour a day (or for binge sessions late at night or on weekends), “Days” gives me that escape from real life and a chance to let my imagination soar in Salem.

I’ve watched Sami Brady drug and rape a guy, nearly be put to death, lie about the father of her child, abduct her baby half-sister, be left at the alter at least twice, hide her identity as a transgendered man named Stan, shoot her fiance in the head, be arrested by her dad for murder, among many other less-than-notable schemes and dramas.

I’ve watched murders be staged only to have all of the “victims” appear together on a previously unknown island before being reunited with their loved ones in Salem.

I’ve watched as Marlena Evans has been kidnapped more times than I can remember, became possessed by the devil and was used as a surrogate for “alien” twins.

Storylines such as those sometimes force fans like me to defend our beloved drama. (Never mind the outrageous storylines on dramas on HBO and in primetime on broadcast TV, eh?)

But along with the out of this world stories, I’ve watched generations of Salem residents share love and laughter, holiday memories (Horton ornaments!) and loss of loved ones.

“Days” now is one of four daytime drama remaining on broadcast television, making this golden anniversary even more special.

Let’s hope for even more “Days” to come!

Days links

Holiday TV: Dec. 19-21: Last weekend before Christmas!

Lots of stuff in the final weekend before Christmas!

Friday, Dec. 19

8 p.m. — “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol,” CW

8 p.m. — “Elf,” ABC Family

9 p.m. — “A Home for the Holidays,” CBS

9 p.m. — “Full House,” Nickelodeon

10 p.m. — “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” ABC Family

10:30 p.m. — “Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas,” AMC

Saturday, Dec. 20

11 a.m. — “The Year Without a Santa Claus” (1974, Rankin-Bass), ABC Family

11 a.m. — “The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol,” Cartoon Network

11 a.m. — “My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas,” Discovery Family

12 p.m. — “Arthur Christmas,” ABC Family

2 p.m. — “Home Alone,” ABC Family

3 p.m. — “A Flintstones Christmas Carol,” Boomerang

4:30 p.m. — “Roseanne,” TV Land

5 p.m. — “It’s A Wonderful Life,” USA

6 p.m. — “Elf,” ABC Family

7:30 p.m. — “Will & Grace,” WE

8 p.m. — “The Sound of Music Live!” (2013), NBC

8 p.m. — “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown” (2003), ABC

8 p.m. — “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000, Jim Carrey), ABC Family

9 p.m. — “CMA Country Christmas,” ABC

9 p.m. — “The Christmas Blessing,” Hallmark Movies & Mystery

9:30 p.m. — “Everybody Loves Raymond,” TV Land

10:30 p.m. — “Home Alone,” ABC Family

10:30 p.m. — “White Christmas,” AMC

11 p.m. — “The Night Before the Night Before Christmas,” Hallmark Movies & Mystery

11 p.m. — “A Perfect Christmas List,” ION

Sunday, Dec. 21

12 a.m. — “One Starry Christmas,” Hallmark

1 a.m. — “It’s A Wonderful Life,” USA

1:15 a.m. — “Holiday Inn,” AMC

3 a.m. — “Secret of Giving” (1999, Reba McEntire), Hallmark Movies & Mystery

3 a.m. — “Will & Grace,” WE

3:16 a.m. — “The Brady Bunch,” TV Land

3:30 a.m. — “The Smurfs,” Boomerang

3:30 a.m. — “Will & Grace,” WE

3:45 a.m. — “A Visit to Santa” (1963), TCM

4 a.m. — “Will & Grace,” WE

4:30 a.m. — “Will & Grace,” WE

6 a.m. — “The Golden Girls,” TV Land

7 a.m. — “Ellen” (sitcom), FX

8:30 a.m. — “The Looney Tunes Show: A Christmas Carol,” Cartoon Network

9 a.m. — “Arthur Christmas,” ABC Family

9 a.m. — “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966), Cartoon Network

9:30 a.m. — “Tom & Jerry: Santa’s Little Helpers,” Cartoon Network

10 a.m. — “Holiday Inn,” AMC

10 a.m. — “A Johnny Bravo Christmas,” Boomerang

10 a.m. — “Giada’s Family Christmas,” Food Network

10 a.m. — “Christmas Under Wraps,” Hallmark

10:12 a.m. — “The Nanny,” TV Land

10:30 a.m. — “Christmas With the Kranks,” FX

12 p.m. — “The Christmas Parade,” Hallmark

12 p.m. — “Will & Grace,” WE

12:15 p.m. — “White Christmas,” AMC

1 p.m. — “The Little Drummer Boy” (1968, Rankin-Bass), ABC Family

2 p.m. — “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” (1976, Rankin-Bass), ABC Family

3 p.m. — “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” (1970, Rankin-Bass), ABC Family

4 p.m. — “The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974, Rankin-Bass), ABC Family

7:30 p.m. — “Home Alone,” ABC Family

8 p.m. — “A Saturday Night Live Christmas,” NBC

8 p.m. — “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966), Boomerang

8 p.m. — “Toy Story That Time Forgot,” Disney

9:12 p.m. — “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992, Frank Oz), WGN

10 p.m. — “The Polar Express,” ABC Family

Find even more Christmas shows here.

Holiday TV: Dec. 17 — Michael Bublé, ‘White Christmas,’ more

Tonight!

4:30 p.m. — “The Year Without a Santa Claus,” ABC Family

5:30 p.m. — “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” ABC Family

6:30 p.m. — “Home Alone,” ABC Family

8 p.m. — “Michael Buble’s 4th Annual Christmas in New York,” NBC

8 p.m. — “White Christmas” (1954, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye), AMC

8 p.m. — “The Christmas Parade,” Hallmark

8 p.m. — “A Christmas Carol” (1999, Patrick Stewart), TNT

9 p.m. — “Christmas to the Extreme,” Travel

10:45 p.m. — “White Christmas” (1954, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye), AMC

Find more here.